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Think a Cell Phone Will Save You? Think Again:

from wnd.com on March 10, 2017
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Think a Cell Phone Will Save You? Think Again:

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Think a Cell Phone Will Save You? Think Again:  
by AJ4DW on March 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Prepper anti-immigrant right wing BS precedes the point of the article. Don't waste your time.
 
Think a Cell Phone Will Save You? Think Again:  
by N3KBS on March 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Great article. I do admit to believing that people should be here legally. My mother was an immigrant, not an ILLEGAL immigrant. Strange thing, laws and such. The FCC requires hams to have a license - is that somehow racist?
 
RE: Think a Cell Phone Will Save You? Think Again:  
by W7ASA on March 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
"Save" ? no . But they are handy when they work, which IS most of the time.

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While I'm not a fan on the WND site, the basic article is a good introduction for those who do not understand ham radio or that cellphones REQUIRE substantial, commercial infrastructure to operate. When overwhelmed, or when 'selective availability' is enacted during emergencies, (Google it) they may not work at all, even without damage to the system. Damage to the system is fairly common in the coastal community we lived in as hurricanes would come through. 2 meter simplex and NVIS HF were the only communications outside of the 5 county coastal region for a few days at a time when this would happen.

Those counties were VERY glad that were were there and our neighbors appreciated updates, because they were suddenly without internet, cellphones or the idiotic TV ;-) Perfectly normal. My Wife is a nurse and using ham radio we were able to receive word that she was needed at work, all by radio friends of mine a few blocks away from her facility. We didn't want to risk driving - cluttering-up the roads- unless absolutely needed. That was handy, and ham radio made that possible.

Basic communication with family, friends and with the outside world for most people, is impossible when commercially available communications are not available. That's a fact. For hams, we are SO used to being able to do it, that we often overlook how valuable radio communication can be.

As for basic family preparedness, it's bailed my family out a few times down through the years; like when I was BADLY injured in an industrial accident and unable to work for a long time; we had previously stored some inexpensive grains that - in addition to our 6 hens and a great garden, heavily supplemented our tiny income until the money began flowing again: that's normal. Our grandparents would consider life without a well stocked 'pantry' to be foolish in the extreme.

To each their own, but we find gardening to be enjoyable, hens are entertaining, eat noxious insects before they eat us, provide grade A fertilizer - oh, and eggs. Garden fresh produce, and the smell of fresh baked bread you made with your own hands - priceless.

99.9% of "survival" is simple Home Economics.


73 de Ray ..._ ._
 
RE: Think a Cell Phone Will Save You? Think Again:  
by KG4RUL on March 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
There are "preppers" and there are wacko "preppers". This site is teetering on the fence.
 
Think a Cell Phone Will Save You? Think Again:  
by WC4R on March 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Good article, well stated. Political overtones can be overlooked and the basic info is very good. Worth the time.
 
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